Google’s Sundar Pichai cancels internal meeting on gender issues in light of online harassment concerns

From Techcrunch


Google CEO Sundar Pichai was expected to hold an all-hands meeting this afternoon in light of now-former Google engineer James Damore’s post about differences between men and women. Shortly before it was scheduled to start, Pichai sent out a note to employees letting them know it’s cancelled, Recode reports.

Some employees reportedly expressed fear that they’d be targets of online harassment if they were to speak up and ask questions in the town hall.

“We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally,” Pichai wrote in an email to employees. “Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”

Pichai cut his vacation short a couple of days ago to deal with hellfire that has ensued as a result of the…

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